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- PSU, attacking the fortresses of the atheists
Monday, I started out with the subject of the mindlessness of materialism. The
usual suspects were rounded up. Most of the PSU atheist club were on hand for
their daily dose of the way, the truth, and the life. I departed from my usual
procedure by taping most of my message. This day's preaching resulted in several
10-minute segments, which I posted on YouTube. Some links are included in this
journal, but the remainder will be posted on my video page on BroCope.com
I began to lay out the arguments for materialism being mindless, I gathered the
attention of the atheists right off.
premise was that materialism is an untenable inconsistent philosophy because it
denies the existence of anything other than what is in the material realm. So
for sure they reject the existence of spirit, soul, sin, judgment, and eternal
life. None of those things are quantifiable. They exist to them only as myths
foisted on mankind by mindless stone age savages trying to explain things that
in their low level of evolution they are not able to grasp. To the materialist,
life is a property of matter, not the evidence of a world outside our natural
I took them to task because they try to employ reason and logic
to prove their point, but both reason and logic are not material things either.
Reason can not exist except there exists a mind to exercise it. So reason has
no material existence if the mind has no material existence. There is no element
on the periodic table whose name is "logic". The rules of logic are
immaterial also, also dependent on the existence of mind to exist and have meaning.
materialism, dependent on the existence of the immaterial things called logic
and reason for it's proof, fails to be consistent. It is impossible to quantify
anything dealing with reality just using the properties of matter and energy.
Consciousness, all memory, all emotions, all thought, all sight, all sound, all
touch, all taste, all smells every description of existence itself is dependent
on the existence of the immaterial, which materialism denies exists.
odors exist, but how they are registered on the brain is not a function of any
property of matter, it is a function of interpretation by the brain, it is the
immaterial concept of pleasant or odious, beauty or ugliness, smooth or rough.
All the world is filled with data, which is a quantification of all objects status
with regards to the 5 physical senses. The color of the object, it's scent, it's
texture, it's weight, it's size, every thing about the object exists apart from
But without the mind to assign relative value to the different
physical characteristics, they do not exist as information. And it is really the
interpretations that our brain assigns to those quantifiable physical characteristics
(information) that are the descriptors of our world. The physical characteristics
without the immaterial mind to interpret them are meaningless. It is the interpretation
by our immaterial mind that has any "substance" for us.
is not like data. Data is quantification of some characteristic associated with
an object. But without the mind to make the quantification of the properties and
their interrelationships, information has no existence. The data does, but the
information that the data represents does not have an existence apart from the
mind. It is the mind that turns data into information. But the mind, having no
quantifiable material existence itself, must be rejected by the materialist, according
to his own philosophy. And so materialism is a mindless philosophy that can not
justify it's own existence without first presupposing the existence of the immaterial,
supernatural world. In order to try to prove the nonexistence of the supernatural
world, the materialist is forced to accept a priori the existence of the very
thing they are trying to disprove.
The rest of the day is found on Youtube under
of Thermodynamics, Part 1
Law of Thermodynamics, Part 2
some reason God likes you
- PSU, blaaah!
got on campus late, and the weather was not so good. I have nothing to report
for today. We did carry on fellowship and debate inside Willard in the lobby area.|
- PSU, The Bro Cope Story
in the week I had announced that today I was going to tell my conversion story,
and give them an explanation as to why I am so dedicated and radical. They like
to think "brain damage", but I know it is something that goes beyond
faith, deep into rock hard reality.
- PSU, Hail, Hail, the gangs all here
action was pretty intense, and raged inside and outside. I preached again against
the atheist and materialist philosophies. The discussion that started on Monday
when I mentioned the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics blazed from one hot spot to another.
Thursday is usually the day that Dimitri comes out to preach. As was my expectation,
he was there, along with several other crowd workers.
preachers long for the day when the church will become so on fire for the Lord
that they will come out in force to take a stand with us as we proclaim the gospel.
When we see more and more people working the crowd, we are greatly encouraged.
On the day of Pentecost, they ALL ran out on the street to preach, and 3,000 believed
in one instant.
In the picture above, I am contending with the atheists,
while on the left, Dimitri is passing out tracts.
In the pictures below
from left to right: Dimitri, Bill, Dimitri, and Ed A. Ed drives the hour and a
quarter from Williamsport to join in the work. Bill is a long time friend who
is studying to be a pastor, and hopes to start a campus ministry in conjuction
with his church. In the picture on the right, Ed A. witnessed to an open minded
Muslim for quite some time.
the day progressed,and the temperature dropped, we moved inside and kept Willard
lobby warm and toasty. The debate over the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics went on till
about 6:00 or even a little later. Ed A. and I finally called it a night and went
downtown to the Corner Room for a bite to eat. As we got to College Avenue, we
ran into David N., a very old and dear friend of mine.
I invited David
to join us and Ed graciously agreed. We had a wonderful discussion, and a delightful
meal. David is Catholic, Ed is an independent (I think). Me, I am, as best as
I can determine, an orthodox Bapticostal. But coming from three different backgrounds
did not interfere with sweet fellowship between brothers who serve the Lord in
spirit and truth.
David and his wife used to preach with me on campus back
in the late 70's - early 80's. David was about the best "natural" preacher
I had come across. From the time he first opened his mouth, he seemed to know
instinctively how to preach - drawing crowds, cementing their attention, directing
the flow of the conversation, and taking advantage of the preacher's unwitting
ally, the heckler. We preached together for a couple of semesters, until he and
his wife moved out of the area. He has been back in this area for a while now,
and I always enjoy whatever time that I can spend with him. Good to see you David!
- Penn State University
today was a real departure from my norm. Yasik, the #2 PSU atheist wanted to take
the free speech area and to have his say on atheism. He considers himself to be
an "evangelical atheist". So Gary and I let him have an hour to do his
thing. I taped the whole thing and the links are below. It was interesting. Yasik's
two main complaints were (1) atheists are too lukewarm, and (2) Christians are
To hear an atheist striving to stir up "revival" amongst
the atheists was quite interesting. Just how do you get an atheist to lay down
his life for his cause? For the first 15 minutes, Yasik is ranting about discrimination,
apathy, and the hypocrisy of the church.
Then the heckling began. It started
with his own people. The atheists began to take him to task. Then after a while,
Gary and I jumped into the fray and heckled Yasik also. Ahhh, turnabout is such
fun! It was GREAT! We heckled the main heckler!
We held Yasik's feet to
the fire over a simple truth that atheism always stumbles over. If there is no
God, then there can be no objective definition of good and evil. There can only
be subjective definitions, but they do not have any authority. If good and evil
are defined only in the minds of individuals, then there is no absolute good and
evil, and all behaviors are allowed. Atheists dance around this point, but can
never find an answer. If morality is everyone's choice then no one atheist has
any moral authority to say their morality is superior to an oher man's morality.
If there is no God, then every man is free to do as he wishes. Law becomes suggestion,
and nothing is forbidden.
Gary came up with a brilliant analysis of what
goes on in an atheists mind. They object to the idea of an objective good and
evil declared by God. To them God declares good from evil on the basis of His
power. So they perceive it to be tyrannical because it is based on raw power.
Gary argues that no, God's declaration of good and evil is not based on His power
but on His qualities: He is the creator, He is perfect love, His judgments are
rooted in perfect love and perfect justice, He is not influenced by any selfishness
at all, He is only influenced by benevolence. Therefore His qualities prove His
right to declare good from evil.
Press an atheist on the basis of their
moral code and guess what you get? Yes, their moral code is personal in nature,
but it can be an overarching definition if they get enough people to agree to
it. In getting a lot of people to agree to the moral code, are they not appealing
to the very thing that causes them to reject God's moral code? Are they not saying
that it is good (or evil) because we say so and we have more power? Indeed they
are authenticating their moral code by the power argument that they reject in
God. Lots of people, with lots of bigger guns is how they argue for the superiority
of their morality. They do the very thing that they decry in God.
second segment, around minute seven, Gary and I wade in. I would not recommend
the first segment, but the remaining parts might be of interest. All in all the
day was fruitful because the reversed situation enabled us to keep the atheists
on the defensive.
there are any out there that would like to experience what it is like to preach,
I invite you to contact me, and we will make arrangements for you to come and
get your feet wet. To be a success in the Lord, find out what God is doing in
your day, and throw yourself into it without reservation. Street Preaching is
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